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A health-care provider says it is cooperating with a federal fraud investigation into a deal for millions of N95 respirators that fell through, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kaiser Permanente is the latest group to get misgivings about the supplier touted by a worker’s union as ready to distribute 39 million of the now-precious masks.
Kaiser backed out of the deal after the supplier failed to explain how Kaiser could verify and inspect the gear, said Marc Brown, a spokesman for the provider, according to the Times. Kaiser “learned shortly afterward that the supplier never had possession of the masks,” Brown said.
The Service Employees International Union’s medical worker arm in California announced last week that it had tracked down a supplier with a surplus of N95 masks, as health-care workers face dangerous equipment shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group’s president, Dave Regan, told The Washington Post at the time that the Pennsylvania supplier — which he declined to name — had seen purchases canceled or returned as countries hit early and hard by the coronavirus …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]